The Next Chapter
August 17, 2023
Von Braun Center, South Hall Ballrooms
Event Sponsor: Tenders
The theme of our dinner this year focuses on the importance of education in changing the trajectory of a person’s life for the better. Many His Way residents discover deep fulfillment in pursuing educational opportunities, and we proudly facilitate this through our program. Education is an important aspect of a well-rounded and holistic approach to restoring men to Christlike service in society!
About Our Speaker
Dr. Candice McQueen began her tenure as Lipscomb University’s 18th president in September 2021. She has more than 20 years of experience in education spanning classroom teaching, higher education leadership, state government and nonprofit sectors.
In her first two years in office, Dr. McQueen set records including welcoming Lipscomb’s largest two classes of new students and overseeing the two largest giving days in university history. Dr. McQueen also launched a compelling new strategic plan, visited alumni in 15 cities on her Be a Light tour, started a new President’s Student Advisory Council, brought back beloved student traditions like Beautiful Day, and opened the new Center for Vocational Discovery.
Prior to her appointment at Lipscomb, Dr. McQueen was CEO of the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching, a national nonprofit founded by the Milken Education Foundation to encourage and incentivize teaching excellence in states, districts, univeristies and classroms across the country. From January 2015 – January 2019, Dr. McQueen served as Tennessee Commissioner of Education under former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. In this role, McQueen collaborated with 147 school districts, hundreds of non-public and charter schools to serve the one million students in the state of Tennessee. During her tenure, Tennessee saw its highest graduation rates, ACT scores, postsecondary attendance and investments in teacher salaries in the state’s history to that point.
Before becoming the state’s top education official, Dr. McQueen served Lipscomb University as dean of the university’s College of Education and as senior vice president, which included oversight of Lipscomb Academy, the institution’s 1,300-student preK2-12th grade college preparatory school. She joined Lipscomb’s education faculty in August 2001, serving as chair of the undergraduate education department before her appointment as dean of the College of Education in 2008. Under her leadership, Dr. McQueen led the college through tremendous growth and to state and national recognition for excellence in teacher preparation and teaching outcomes. She was also the founding director of Lipscomb’s Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation that launched in 2012.
Dr. McQueen began her career in education as a teacher in private and public elementary and middle schools in Texas and Nashville, was on adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University and was an assistant instructor and supervisor of student teachers at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. McQueen has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University, a Master of Education in school administration from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an alum of Leadership Tennessee, Leadership Nashville and Chiefs for Change. She serves on the boards of PENCIL Foundation, United Way and the National Institite for Excellence in Teaching.
Scholar (Individual Ticket) – $100
Includes dinner and entertainment.
Study Date (Dinner for Two) – $450
Includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, and a gift.
Honor Society (Table for Eight) – $750
Includes dinner and entertainment.
Dean’s List (Premium Table for Eight) – $1,500
Includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, a gift, and social media recognition.
Summa Cum Laude (Corporate Sponsor) – $3,000
Includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, a gift, social media recognition, premium seating, program and digital recognition.
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